EppsNet Archive: Work

The Surprising Benefits of Nonconformity

28 Mar 2014 /

New research finds that under certain circumstances, people wearing unconventional attire are perceived as having higher status and greater competence.


Forget About Female Leadership

22 Mar 2014 /

Everyone can shut up about “let’s get more women into leadership positions.” Because they don’t want leadership positions. Or they’d get them. Obviously. Women want to have time for their kids. And leaders – especially top-down leaders – dedicate their lives to their work. There won’t be female leadership and male leadership. There will be people who lead at home and people who lead at work. People will take ownership of outcomes for the areas of life they care most about.


How to Answer Stupid Job Interview Questions

15 Mar 2014 /

Via Liz Ryan


Some Links

26 Jan 2014 /

A Display of Interest, However Shallow

17 Dec 2013 /

He himself did not care what happened at the house during the day. There was no more reason for her to be curious about his work than for him to be concerned with the groceries, laundry, getting the children to school, and whatever else she did. Yet it would seem rude, almost brutal, to drop the pretense and admit that neither particularly cared what the other was doing. A display of interest, however shallow, made life easier.

— Evan Connell, Mr. Bridge

Friends Are Inconvenient

6 Dec 2013 /

Dilbert


Are Walmart Employees Underpaid?

30 Nov 2013 /

Attention, disgruntled Walmart employees! What does it mean to say you’re underpaid? Doesn’t it mean that there’s at least one other employer willing to pay you more than you make now?

If that’s the case, go work for another employer. If that’s not the case, then you’re not underpaid. You’re lucky to have the job you have.


Six Drucker Questions that Simplify a Complex Age

10 Nov 2013 /
Peter Drucker dies at 95

Peter Drucker

Via Harvard Business Review.

My personal favorite is “What would happen if this were not done at all?”


Cleaning on the Day Shift

15 Oct 2013 /
Cleaning

A couple of months ago, the cleaning staff at our office started working during the day, instead of after hours.

Whatever improvements were supposed to accrue from that have evidently not come to pass because starting next month, they’re going back to the night shift.

What I will miss most about having them around during the day is their impeccable sense of timing in closing the men’s room twice a day for cleaning at the precise moments that I urgently need to use it.


A Tradeoff

24 Aug 2013 /

Okay . . . but who would be raising our kids? Or is that not important?


Minimizing Retention

4 Aug 2013 /

From an actual job description for a Software Development Manager:

  • Worth with management and directs to put together a solid SW Development career development plan in alignment with Organization Solutions all-up to grow hi-potential employees and minimize retention.

If you’re writing job descriptions and learning English at the same time, there’s no shame in having a native speaker review your work.

The job description goes on like that for 10 or 12 more bullet points. I singled that one out because I like the phrase “minimize retention.” I can recommend a couple of people for that.

I assume it’s a language problem in this case — that the author meant to say “maximize retention” or “minimize turnover” — but it might be a kick to have a job where your actual charter is to minimize retention.

You would not be an easy person to work for. You would take all the credit. Your subordinates would get all of the blame.

Picture having the names of all staff members written on a whiteboard in your office and removing them one by one with a triumphant swipe of your eraser at the end of their (hopefully brief) tenure.

Maybe your boss would stop by every now and again to tap on a name and ask, “Why is that guy still here?”

Of course, if some clinging vine is screwing up your retention rate by refusing to quit (maybe he really needs the job?), you can just call him in and fire him. Or her.

Good times! If only all job objectives were this easy to meet.

Thus spoke The Programmer.


You Don’t Understand How Phones Work

30 Jul 2013 /

East coast woman on conference call is yelling into the phone. Why? To be heard at a distance? HEY HONEY THE PHONE WORKS ELECTRONICALLY YOU DONT HAVE TO YELL!


First World Problems

15 May 2013 /
Mini Moo's

When I get coffee from the break room, I try to cycle through the creamers — French Vanilla, Hazelnut and the regular Half & Half.

Today I got coffee and I couldn’t remember where I left off in the cycle. I’m in a quandary . . .


Good News, Bad News

29 Apr 2013 /
Parking

Most days I park on Level 5 of the office parking structure because that’s where the open spaces are at the time I arrive.1

This morning I got a spot on Level 1! A guy was pulling out just as I was pulling in and I got the spot. :)

Unfortunately, when I went out for lunch, I walked up four levels out of habit and couldn’t find my car. :(

1There are actually a lot of open spaces on lower levels but they’re “reserved” for people who aren’t there, which is rubbish. If you’re really that important, you should be the first person in every morning and you can have any parking space you want.

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Opting Out

14 Apr 2013 /

Best-educated moms are also more likely to ‘opt out,’ research finds

Life Inc.

Opt out of what?

It turns out “opt out” means opt out of the workforce. How is a mom staying home and raising her kids considered “opting out”?


Home Runs

11 Apr 2013 /
Willie Mays

My wife asks how my job is going . . .

“I’m hittin’ home runs like Willie Mays!” I reply. “You know Willie Mays?”

“No.”

“I’m hittin’ home runs like Mark McGwire!”

“I know Jackie Robinson.”

“Jackie Robinson didn’t hit a lot of home runs.”


Shooting the Messenger

24 Jan 2013 /

I worked with a woman whose last name was Messenger. Every time I saw her I said “Don’t shoot the Messenger.” I never tired of it . . .

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Aaron Hurst: 11 Secrets to Building a Game-Changing Organization

Posted by on 18 Dec 2012

Lunch-and-learn today on Developing a Positive Attitude. Was going to sign up but then thought, “What the heck good would that do?”

Posted by on 9 Nov 2012

Time to Worry?

15 Oct 2012 /

A colleague says, “Are you talkin’ to ME?” Oh, and he showed up at work this morning with a shaved head.


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